Woman in Garden With TARDIS
My guess is she hasn't just discovered it, since she's accompanied by K9
Mothers, Daughters and Mis-titles: Brave
@38: As the father of a young woman, I think the answer to your question is "because you raised her properly".
Mothers, Daughters and Mis-titles: Brave
@Emily: I'd like to see a new review where the title is Rebel, and how that title fits (or not) the movie. Why? Because some nitwit thought the best translation of Brave into French would be Rebelle (not minding the fact that "brave" is a perfectly fine French word).
Lasseter, Catmull, and Pixar: Combining Art and Science
@crzydroid If you're referring to the Star Wars arcade game, it came out in the early 80s.
Classic Sci-Fi Cameos in Prometheus
@Eugene: Interesting you mention the worm in Poltergeist 2: the vomit creature that comes from it is another of HR Geiger's creations
Gaming Roundup: Popular Video Games are “Dumb.” Here’s Why.
@19. For games it is practically feasible. Games are not a necessity of life and there are plenty of other entertainment options out there. I haven't given any money to the modern videogame industry simply because it has yet to come up with something that, IMHO is worth the money they're asking for. On the other hand, I've dropped plenty of quarters in arcades back in the 80s – probably got what I thought was better value for my money back then.
5 Graphic Novels That Should Have Made the Hugo Awards
TWGrace said:
"And I get the feeling that worldcon isnt too concerned about comics...and that the graphic story award is going to die."
I think that's a bit of an unfair statement. Worldcon members instituted this category in the first place. People rarely go to the trouble of creating an award category for something that doesn't really concern them. @jtmeijer: had I but known, I would have nominated it. I grew up reading Valerian and that's one of my favourite books in the series.
The Best Science Fiction Ideas in any Non-Fiction Ever: David Graeber’s Debt: The First Five Thousand Years
But you never said it before post 25, so how can we confuse it? I'd amend the statement to say "life, for most people in the first world, is better now..." as that is pretty clearly true.
The Best Science Fiction Ideas in any Non-Fiction Ever: David Graeber’s Debt: The First Five Thousand Years
@a1ay: I'll be getting my saltshaker. @Evan R: I'm not denying anything, I just want to see evidence before being convinced. Will be looking those books you mention up.
The Best Science Fiction Ideas in any Non-Fiction Ever: David Graeber’s Debt: The First Five Thousand Years
It's better to be a poor Thai farmer now than it was in 1700.
Are you speaking from experience? Because if not, allow me to get some salt.
Announcing the 2012 Hugo Award Nominees
@Walker: It hinges on the following section of the WSFS Constitution:
3.2.6: Works appearing in a series are eligible as individual works, but the series as a whole is not eligible. However, a work appearing in a number of parts shall be eligible for the year of the final part.
The idea is to allow for a complete work to be nominated and not only parts of it (so no, you couldn't nominate part of a feature as short form – unless it was a compilation of standalone short films (think Genius Party or a similar compilation – on the other hand something like 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould should not qualify as they are interelated.). In these cases, the Hugo administrators usually go with what the nominators decide as long as it isn't clearly against the rules (ie nominating a novel in the short story category kind of thing). Season 1 of Game of Thrones was nominated because nominators saw it as one work appearing in a number of parts. Obviously they didn't see the Doctor Who episodes the same way. Hope that makes it a bit clearer
Announcing the 2012 Hugo Award Nominees
I think 15 Second Star Wars only came out this January, if I am correct it would only be eligible for next year's Hugos.
Six Pre-Studio Ghibli Anime Films You Should Track Down
@Teka: It's because the "L" sound at the end of words is converted into ? ("ru" in romaji), and get transliterated back wrong when brought back into a European language. Thus Hal becomes Haru and Hols becomes Horus Regarding pre-Ghibli films, I usually recommend The Last Unicorn see Marc Hairston's excellent page on that film and its link to Ghibli here: http://utd500.utdallas.edu/~hairston/lastunicorn.html
Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Carmen – Habanera” and “The Monk and the Fish”
That would be a typo (which I fixed) But some Hanna-Barbera Cartoons might be a food idea in the near future...
Ray Harryhausen: The Monster Magician
One of the things puppets have that CGI doesn't that helps the suspension of disbelief is that they have physical reality. CGI creations have that extra step to overcome. It also causes CGI animators to go overboard when something perfectly reasonable would be just as cool, if not more. I might be in the minority on this, but the oliphaunts in LOTR could have been ordinary elephants and probably would have had just as much impact for me (and be truer to the books) And a plug: the Saturday Morning Cartoons featured a Ray Harryhausen fairy tale shorts awhile back.
Canadian Steampunk, Our Historical Inspiration
Totally missing my point and introducing politically correct rethoric where it's not needed. "However, the voyageurs were Metis, not French Canadian." Clearly says that French Canadians were not voyageurs. which is simply not true. If the comment had been "Some voyageur were Métis", then I wouldn't have said anything sinc ethat is true
Canadian Steampunk, Our Historical Inspiration
June: Some voyageurs were Métis, others were French Canadians, one does not exclude the other and I daresay that the majority of Voyageurs were French Canadians. – Just sayin'
Upcoming Science Fiction/Fantasy Events in October
For October, Bristol-Con was listed – it's in three weeks. I also try to list at least one event somewhere in the UK every month.
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot (Excerpt)
Nklwcyz's name is obviously pronounced Nklwcyz. Kids love that kind of stuff. I used to read the comic book adventures of a strange little creature in Spirou or Tintin when I was a kid, and I loved it. (I unfortunately can't remember the name – all I rememebr is that it had X's and no vowels). I'd say the unpronouncability of the name is a feature, not a bug.
A Moral Argument for Hard Science Fiction
Eugenics is not science, it is a process to apply sciencific principles (genetics) to achieve was is an end desired by some people and is thus a moral and political process. The person with a genetic defect who chooses not to have children because they don't want their descendants to suffer the same problems is applying the same science as some of the less shining examples of humanity previously mentioned. The difference is in the morality and politics not the science. Science is amoral and apolitical. People, including scientists, are moral and political animals. Therefore the chosen use of a scientific principle will be moral and political.
Worldcon 2011: Renovation
Let's look at it objectively, opening the Renovation programme, I see the following items: 1) A genre film festival featuring over 80 films 2) Screenings of films and TV shows (including anime) 3) Panels on the same Plus I remember seeing a really nice exhibit of concept art from a variety of films and TV shows (near the Art Gallery) I'm not saying those things can only be seen at Worldcon, but I think that's paying more than just lip service to genre media. As for kids being "shunted off in a corner" I think we're having an English language problem: I am talking about kids, human beings aged 12 or so and younger. I have the feeling you're talking about teenagers. I wouldn't let the former wander around the convention without supervision. Whereas the latter group usually dislikes being refered to as kids usually because they are in the process of asserting their independence. I agree with starryharlequin: Yes there is a strong literary tradition, but Worldcon has something for everyone. When was the last time Comiccons were criticised for not having enough literary programme. @madeline: unlike most conventions, each Worldcon is run by a different committee (there is overlap, but a large proportion of the organizers change from year to year) so if Worldcon comes to your neck of the woods, do give it another try. Just saying that while there are commonalities, there are also differences between each Worldcon
Worldcon 2011: Renovation
Very few children? You obviously didn't hang out in the kid's programme room organized by Hugo winner James Bacon. My only complaint about it is that I kept being told to come back later when I went to pick up my daughter. Re: film and video: Theresa's point was that watching films and video is passive. Yes I think by now we've all seen the Browncoats. Did you drop by the Klingon party Saturday evening (on f the best party rooms at the con), check out all the media related hall costumes or attend the media related programming -- those are the kind of interactive activities Worldcon excels at.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Spoilers
Ryan, you are dead wrong about literary stories being included in the study. I think the study's authors were absolutely right to include literary stories. Even if they are not read for the end reveal. In fact they should be included precisely for that reason as it would show if there is a difference between those types of stories and genre stories that some people feel are ruined by spoilers. Using a variety of samples is something done by good scientists all the time to make good science.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Anime: TO: 2001 Nights
I fondly remember 2001 Nights from when Viz put it out back in the nineties. I'll definitively give TO a look when I get the chance
Saturday Morning Cartoons: “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Screenplay”
Longer shots were already possible with video when Screenplay was made. I was talking about actual film (ie celluloid).
Hugo Nominees: 1994
Groundhog Day is definitively part of the genre. Good films that got ignored: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (probably the best Batman film that came out that decade) and The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (an amazingly weird film by the Bolex Brothers)
Upcoming SFF Events in August 2011
How embarrasssing, I don't know how that happened, I mean I've never been known to reuse existing text for one of my posts.
The 2011 Hugo Awards Nominees for Best Short Story
If you want to be aware of the entire cannon, in addition to The Thing (1982), you'll probably also want to watch The Thing From Another World (1951). not to mention reading "Who Goes There" by John Campbell (yes, the John Campbell)
Hugo Nominees: 1992
25. Petar Belic says:
Nice to see the start of Ted Chiang's run here. He's an author that I never regret reading a story from, however I've not come across any of his longer form material as yet...
That's because there isn't any, he's only published short form form works.
Hugo Nominees: 1992
3. DemetriosX said: "Definitely a worthy winner in the novella category and I think it's worth noting that Kress had two stories on the ballot. That seems to almost always split the vote and lead to someone else getting the win. That speaks volumes about "Beggars".
Actually, because the Hugos use a preferential ballot system works, it's impossible to split the vote. You can read a bit more about the voting system here: http://www.thehugoawards.org/the-voting-system/
A Statistical Look at the Campbell Awards
The Campbells have two 26 year old winners. Two Nebula winners were also 26 – one for Best Novel and one for Best Short Story. Also note that this is restricted to the awards and categories I collected statistics for. So winners of awards for Best Novelette or Best Novella are not included.
Kiss Me Deadly: The Blade Runner Before Blade Runner?
While the film may only hint at it, the poster states it loud and clear: "Mickey Spillane's latest H-Bomb!" IIRC, the burning bright light coming out of the suitcase was also used with the trunk of a car in Repo Man.
Hugo Nominees: 1990
@52. Mark Pontin According to the rules, "The Caress" would only have been eligible for a 1991 Hugo. From the WSFS constitution:
3.2.5: Publication date, or cover date in the case of a dated periodical, takes precedence over copyright date.
Genre in the Mainstream: Does SFF Marginalize Characters?
One problem is defining good characters. What works for one person doesn't work for another. And often when it doesn't work, the reaction is "the characters are boring/unrealistic/flat" – it's purely an emotional response. Great ideas are another thing. Some people may not be interested in reading idea driven SF, but they still admit these ideas are interesting – intellect falls into it. Looking at lists of top SF novels, most of the books are ideas driven. And that's one of the strengths of SF: ideas, no other genre explores them as much.
Hugo Nominees: 1989
"So, two women and three men, all American..." By then Gibson was living in Canada and Mona Lisa Overdrive won the Aurora for Best Long Form in English. it was up against Machine Sex and Other Stories, Candas Jane Dorsey, Memory Wire, Robert Charles Wilson, The Silent City, Élisabeth Vonarburg, and Time Pressure, Spider Robinson. My vote would probably have gone to Machine Sex or the Silent City I'll also note this last book also won the Prix Rosny Aîne in 1982, to my knowledge, the only book by a Canadian to do so. I haven't read the Wilson – something I will have to correct for I always enjoy his books. So after a bit of a detour: "...two women and three men, four Americans and one Canadian..." :) In the novel lists, I think The Last Coin deserves more recognition, but I'm not surprised it didn't win anything. Blaylock has a way of mixing the very serious and the absurdly silly which doesn't work for everyone. I enjoyed Islands in the Net even though when I read it the tech was already getting problematic. There ought to be a genre that near future SF drifts into as time goes by, "Alternative Continuum" might be an OK name for it. It's for stories set in the future, but not a future we can reach from here. Or set in what was the future then, but is not our present or past. In addition to Islands and Mona Lisa Overdrive, 1984, Harrison's Make Room! Make Room!, and MacLeod's Fall Revolution series are examples of stories that drifted in that 'genre'.
Hugo Nominees: 1988
@23. goljerp I remember when Uplift War came out. Everyone I knew saw it as the sequel to Sundiver and Startide Rising. I clearly rememebr a group of us re-reading the first two in "preparation" of the third one coming out. Yes, the plot is not a direct continuation of either of the first two books, but what does that matter? Trilogies must not be bound by plot and characters alone, but can also be tied together by other things. Theme and setting (in this case the Uplift universe) can be two of them. Some examples that come to mind of trilogies that don't rigorously follow the LotR model: Three Californias by Kim Stanley Robinson, and Baxter's Manifold trilogy. Both trilogies were clearly intended as a set, but aren't even set in the same universes (I mean each book in both trilogies)
Genre in the Mainstream: The (Depressing) Science Fiction Novels That Cross Over
I think the difference between mainstream and SF works is that in SF, by the end, very often, the world, the environment or the society is changed, not just the protagonists. Mainstream fiction strives for the opposite, teh protagonists grow and change, but the world returns to the state is was at the beginning. Classic views of fiction encourage this. Look at Freytag's pyramid, in his explanation of resolution all that is mentioned is that one of another of the characters prevails, nothing about the world9environment/society never being the same again. If you look at 1984 and others like it from that perspective, they hold themselves much more in the mainstream tradition – the status quo may not be the one we have today, but it is maintained by the end of the book. Even F451 only hints at the possiblity of change at the end. For an example of a non-SF book that follows an SF plotline, I suggest Clarke's Glide Path – by the end, the world will never be the same, the radar (not to mention jets and electronics) has changed the way everyone lives (including those who never fly, radars are used to catch speeding cars, in meteorology and in many other applications)
We were so much older then, we’re younger than that now: A Statistical Look at the Hugo Awards For Best Novel
@6.Kvon: What was going on was Chip Delany, in fact, the "three" youngest Hugo nominees for Best Novel are him, three years in a row!
Hugo Nominees: 1985
26.Russ Allbery Perhaps Gibson got how computers work wrong, but I think he got how non programmers preceive computers to work right. And I think it's wrong to blame Gibson for the problems of MovieOS (you know, the OS that runs Photoshop CSI, takes longer to copy the last 10% of a file than the first 90% and has the most amazing GUI interface you interact with using a keyboard)
Decade’s Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movies Viewer’s Poll RESULTS
@The Pendragon: My feelings are exactly the opposite. For me SF usually works much better in written form than fantasy (there are truly brilliant SF films thart don't just use the furniture, but they are few and far between). And fantasy I think works much better in film form (mind you, the best fantasy films don't have dragons, pseudo medieval settings or sparkling vampires)
Hugo Nominees: 1984
etranger says: I agree that The Right Stuff was probably the best of the movies that were nominated, but how is it science fiction?
It's not SF, but it's a related subject (the category is defined as "any medium of dramatized science fiction, fantasy or related subjects".
Hugo Nominees: 1982
@Connor, if you do a search for "Cherryh" on this site, you'll file a pile of posts by Jo about Cherryh's books. IIRC, she'll often mention which ones are good starting points.
Translation is the Other Side of the Tapestry
Look at "excuse me," "je m'excuse" and "sumimasen." They are used in similar circumstances and have similar surface meanings, but the inherent meaning is not the same. The English seeks the pardon of the offended.
If you want literal interpretation, then in English "excuse me", being an imperative, could be interpreted as an order... I agree with birgit that the Mitchell translation entirely changes the meaning. At first read, the thought crossed my mind that you had the wrong English text...
Cosmic Coiffures: 6 Unforgettable Hairstyles in SFF
I can't believe Magenta (from Rocky Horror) didn't make the cut
Engineering and Sri Lanka: Arthur C. Clarke’s The Fountains of Paradise
@Jaspax: There's a prophecy of some sort that if these butterflies ever reach the temple/monastery (can't recall which one it is), then the monks would have to leave. Something the butterflies wouldn't normally do since it's too high up and they don't climb that high. (Spoilers so the text is hidden) I remember this book first coming out and it's probably the first book where I was aware it was "the new book by this author I like" for this reason, I have a soft spot for it. Also, it was my first encounter with the idea of the beanstalk.
Where Are the Brainy Non-Violent SF Films?
Will L said:
"Interesting that there's no comment about "finding SF books lacking violence can prove pretty hard".
It's probably becasue those comments have been made in this thread
Decade’s Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Movies Viewer’s Poll
Spirited Away Primer The Girl Who Leapt Through Time The Host Paprika Pan's Labryrinth Monsters vs. Aliens Summer Wars Immortel (ad vitam) (aka Immortal) Nyócker! (aka The District!)
Hugo Nominees: 1979
I feel pretty much like Jo about having a hard time finding better novels than the nominees listed, though I would probably have put Clement's Through the Eye of a Needle on my list of nominees, but I love all of his work,so that's no big surprise @1.ecbatan LeGuin's Very Far Away From Anywhere Else while very good is not genre fiction, so it wouldn't be eligible. @10.James Davis Nicoll That book sounds like pure fantasy to me. As a local comedian put it: "Trouble hates the cold. When people talk of revolution in Quebec, they usually end the meeting with 'Let's go kill the bastard!', open the door, see what the weather's like,close the door and decide to put it off until the weather's nicer, by which time they've forgotten about it."
Hugo Nominees: 1978
@Doug: the curve still plots flat to me. There may be a slight upwards trend in age but I thought more data points were needed, which is why I used the average age of nominees.
Hugo Nominees: 1978
@Doug M.
"Orson Scott Card was just 27 when he won the Campbell. Backthen, a lot of under-30 writers were winning it. Not so common these days."
I realize I pretty late on this but this is simply not true. If you plot the average age of the nominees over the history of the Campbells, you'll see it's pretty flat. The only years the average was lower than 30 are 1974 (lowest ever), 1978, 1981, 1986, 1992, and 2002. Highest ever average is 1982 with 51 years. Disclaimer: I did not find all nominees' ages, it can be hard to track down info on those that subsequently disappeared (I did find complete data for the two outliers, so those numbers are accurate. Additionally, comparing the ages for nominees of the Best Novel and Best Short Story Hugos, one can see it's also fairly flat, though the Short Story Nominees seem to have increased slightly in the last decade or so, this may not be statistically significant. The Campbell nominees are, on average, clearly younger than the Hugo nominees.
Come and see the violence inherent in the system!
Whether a character gets smashed by a troll's club, or an avalanche, the result is probebly the same from the character's point of view -- reader experience will vary. I will assume violence enacted by a human (or other sentient) towards another with the intention to cause harm (as opposed to, say, a naturally occuring violent storm causing harm). That said, here are a few books from my shelves I don't recall reading violence in (my memory may be faulty): Still River by Hal Clement Psychohistorial Crisis by Don Kingsbury Shadows of Ashland by Terrence Green Mars by Ben Bova The Fountains of Paradise and Rendez Vous With Rama by A.C. Clarke Also, IMS several of Zenna Henderson's stories of the People
Hugo Nominees: 1976
I agree the Forever War was the right choice. And for those interested in factoids, the Grande bibliothèque also has a bande dessinée (BD) adaptation of it in French that's quite close to the original. @1. "...the dramatic presentations (I hate that title, they should have gone with something more inclusive)" "Dramatic presentation" includes film, television, theatre, radio, audio recordings including, most recently, audiobooks. How could it be more inclusive? Inquiring minds want to know.
Talking Trees and Killer Spores: The Flora of Science Fiction and Fantasy
@Nancy Lebovitz You may be thinking of Class Six Climb by William Cochrane, IMS, it came out late 70s or early 80s
Saturday Morning Cartoons: “La Linea” and “Yellow Sticky Notes”
@tallgrass: Good ears! Carlo Bonomi provided the voice for both Pingu and La Linea
Tolkien Estate Set on Destroying a Handful of Books
Well, what can I say, you saw that post before me. Funny how Zazzle claimed it was the estate asking them to do this. Which is a symptom of the real problem. The estate's attitude is the cause of the buttons going down (if you can't see why, there's no point in explaining it).
Tolkien Estate Set on Destroying a Handful of Books
@mcwetboy: So how do you explain the lawyergram stopping the sales of a button that reads. "While you were reading Tolkien, I was watching Evangelion" (see the links I posted above for more info). Which is a statement about (among other things) the place Tolkien has in our cultural environment, does not impinge on sales of Tolkien books (or movies derived from them) and in fact recognized their importance. As far as having "A novel about J.R.R. Tolkien" on the cover of a book, I think that not asking the person (or their estate) for permission to do something like that shows a remarkable lack of class on the part of the author (now I don't know if they did or not, but I think it's unlikely considering the way things developped). Then again, how many people have asked descendants of well known historical figures for permission to use their ancestors in historical novels? By now, I think it's safe to say Tolkien is a historical figure. IMO, the approach used by the Tolkien estate pretty much garantees that they will be cast as the bad guys here. And FWIW, tons of people have painted pictures of Tolkien inspired art and have sold it at convention Art Shows over the years, I don't believe it's hurt sales of the book at all. Quite the opposite I'm sure since to fully appreciate some of that art, you probably have to be a confirmed fan of the books. These kind of things are a reflection on how ubiquitous LotR is. If they really wanted to prevent unauthorized use of the name, the estate would stop sales of the books and make sure they become forgotten, in time, no one but a few English Lit teachers in obscure Colleges will use the name Tolkien and then, the mark would finally be safe!
Tolkien Estate Set on Destroying a Handful of Books
@Dr. Thanatos: Just goes to show we all have to live with some disappointments. I would have expected the Tolkien Estate to have more class, but since they don't have any, calling them out about it in public is the best thing to do since they seem to want to muzzle people's right to free speech. The best way to fight that is to exercise free speech: Tolkien Tolkien Tolkien Tolkien Tolkien Tolkien Tolkien Tolkien Tolkien Tolkien Tolkien (I must be good for a dozen counts of infringement now, let them try to sue me )
Tolkien Estate Set on Destroying a Handful of Books
And it's not limited to just that book. See: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2999 and: http://madelineashby.com/?p=850
Hugo Nominees: 1970
Artanian, I have to disagree with you.
"He sat back so that the firelight lay ruddy on his knees and his fine, strong, small hands and on the silver tankard he held, but left his face in shadow: a dark face always shadowed by the thick lowgrowing hair, and heavy brows and lashes, and by a somber blandness of expression."
Wow. I mean, wow. One sentence and I can totally picture not only what the character looks like, but what impression those seeing him sitting there have. I think it's just a great sentence.
Hugo Nominees: 1969
@26AnotherAndrew: I'm pissed off at Harry Potter winning because J.K. Rowling still doesn't list the Hugo as part of the awards she's gotten on her website. It's obvious she doesn't care. Also, I don't know this, but I heard she didn't even bother to send an acceptor to the ceremony (I'd appreciate someone who was there confirming this either way). In any case, she has done a great disservice to YA writers with regards to the Hugos, one it took Neil Gaiman to correct.
Hugo Nominees: 1969
How does Planet of the Apes not get a nomination? It came out in '68 and was a better movie than 2001.
?!?!?! that's a statement that boggles my mind. Planet of the Apes was nominated for and Oscart for best costume design and the "ape-men" of 2001 where much better. So I guess it evens out.
A Superficial Geek
@pKp: I think it probably your age. Most people these days know what Dungeons & Dragons is. Time was only Geeks/Nerds/Fans even knew of its existence, let alone played it and when you tried to describe it, were often met with a coment along the lines of "how stupid is that" The same with video games: when the most is to be had programming your own – or at least porting it to your machine from a transcript (the old fashioned way of sharing software) it kind of limits who can and wants to play them, And SF back then was mostly found in books – there certainly weren't as many TV show or movies available as there are today. Back on topic: as for being a real Geek, I think people who don't care about these issues are the real Geeks. They're too busy obsessing over their latest thing – and obviously the current obsession is more fascinating and important than anyone else's opinion of who and what is cool.
Jupiter Brings Fear
I can just see a blog post by some alien inhabiting a moon orbiting a gas giant concluding with:
"...Set the video to fullscreen, turn up the music, and watch as our sky turns into naught but a hellish emptiness."
The Werewolf Principle: Adapting Humans for Space
"Alter the human gastrointestinal system so that waste water goes through a filter and right back into your blood. In other words, still suits are for wimps."
Huh? Last I heard my kidneys filtered my blood, not what came through my digestive track.

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